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CBS ‘All Access’ Includes Local Stations in Subscription Service (TVSpy)
CBS Thursday announced the launch of “CBS All Access,” a digital subscription service that allows viewers — with or without a pay TV subscription — access to CBS programs, live TV, and CBS’ owned-and-operated stations. LostRemote The service is available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in 14 cities will have live access to their local CBS stations, allowing them to stream programs as they air. CBS News The service is accessible through and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. THR In addition to serving up current-season episodes the day after they air, it will offer previous seasons of several CBS-owned shows as well as a vast library of classic CBS series. The service is planned to be added to connected TVs at a later date. All Access marks a considerable move for a network that has long been selective with regard to its digital dealings, famously staying out of the Hulu pact its broadcast rivals made many years earlier. Capital New York On Wednesday, HBO announced that its HBO Go service would be available to all customers next year. The service, which provides access to HBO’s current programming and shows from the past, is currently only available to HBO subscribers.

Guardian Alleges Whisper App Tracks Users Without Consent (The Guardian)
The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be the “the safest place on the Internet,” is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media While two Guardian reporters were at Whisper headquarters last month to pursue a partnership with the app, they learned that a team headed by Whisper’s editor-in-chief, former Gawker editor Neetzan Zimmerman, “is closely monitoring users it believes are potentially newsworthy, delving into the history of their activity on the app and tracking their movements.” These include users on Capitol Hill, the White House, the National Security Agency, military personnel and one “sex-obsessed lobbyist in Washington, D.C.” GigaOM Soon after Zimmerman — who specialized in posting “viral” content at Gawker and accounted for a massive proportion of the site’s overall traffic — was named the editor-in-chief of Whisper, stories soon emerged that were based on Whisper posts, including some about the use of the network in countries like Syria and Iraq, where posting your thoughts about the war or the government under your real name can be fatal. Others dealt with the emotions expressed by people persecuted for being illegal immigrants or for being gay. Mediaite Currently, some 2.6 million messages revealing personal and/or professional secrets are posted on Whisper per day, and up until several days ago, the site touted that it does not track anyone’s location without their consent, and deletes content after a short period of time. Thursday, Whisper quickly hit back, with Zimmerman going on a Twitter spree stating that the Guardian‘s report was patently false.

Joan Rivers’ Cause of Death Revealed (THR)
The New York City medical examiner’s office has found that Joan Rivers died from complications due to surgery. Mashable “The cause of Ms. Rivers’ death is anoxic encephalopathy [lack of oxygen to the brain] due to hypoxic arrest during laryngoscopy and upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with propofol sedation for evaluation of voice changes and gastroesophageal reflux disease,” read a statement from Julie Bolcer, PR director at the medical examiner’s office. NYT She stopped breathing during a laryngoscopy, an examination of her voice box and vocal cords, and an endoscopy, which involves looking at her upper digestive system and is performed under anesthesia, the report said. The report said an investigation by the medical examiner’s office found that the disruption in Rivers’ breathing was “a predictable complication of medical therapy.” The report did not cite medical error as a cause of death, but left open the possibility of malpractice. It did not address whether actions taken by the medical personnel after she stopped breathing were sufficient. Variety After suffering cardiac arrest during the procedure, Rivers was taken from the Yorkville Endoscopy facility to Mount Sinai Hospital, where she died Sept. 4 at the age of 81.

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Time Promotes Seven, Adds Three (FishbowlNY)
Time is expanding its international team with seven promotions and three hires. Leading off the additions, Conal Urquhart joins Time as senior editor. He most recently worked for The Independent as a deputy editor. Claire Howorth has been named books editor. Howorth has previously worked for The Daily Beast, The Daily and Vanity Fair. FishbowlDC Ryan Teague Beckwith joins Time as a senior editor, coming from the Washington Examiner, where he was a news editor. Prior to that he was an editor at CQ Roll Call and was with Raleigh’s News & Observer. Poynter / MediaWire Bryan Walsh is now the magazine’s foreign editor, Nikhil Kumar is now South Asia bureau chief and Aryn Baker is now Africa bureau chief. Eliana Dockterman, Sam Frizell, Noah Rayman, and Alexandra Sifferlin are now writers for the magazine.

Google Earnings Fall Short of Expectations (THR)
Google reported Wednesday that its quarterly revenue rose 20 percent to $16.5 billion, while per-share earnings fell to $4.09 compared with $4.38 in the same quarter last year. Mashable The average cost-per-click, a closely watched metric for the company, declined by about 2 percent year-over-year as the company continues to struggle with ad prices amid the shift to mobile. The number of paid clicks increased by about 17 percent, a slower rate of growth than some analysts had expected and decelerating from a year earlier. Deadline Hollywood Google’s share price dipped about 3.4 percent in post-market trading in the minutes after the company released its earnings report.

Executives to Transform McSweeney’s Into Non-Profit Organization (GalleyCat)
The executives behind McSweeney’s intend to transform the company into a nonprofit. The independent publishing house was launched in 1998 as a for-profit business. NYT McSweeney’s, the imprint founded 16 years ago by writer Dave Eggers, has always been something of an anomaly in the publishing world. With its independent book imprint, quarterly literary journal and monthly magazine, McSweeney’s mission was always to put out quirky, whimsical, commercially risky material without bending to the pressures of the marketplace. Now, McSweeney’s is officially becoming what it has unofficially been for years: a nonprofit in the mold of small, independent nonprofit publishers like Graywolf Press, Heyday Books and Copper Canyon, Eggers said on Thursday.

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Lindsey Bahr Named AP Film Writer in LA (ABC News / AP)
Lindsey Bahr, who has covered the Hollywood movie scene from castings to Comic-Con as a correspondent for Entertainment Weekly, has been named film writer for The Associated Press in Los Angeles. FishbowlNY Before EW, Bahr was a contributing writer for The Atlantic. She starts Nov. 10 and takes over for Jessica Herndon, who had previously left AP.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News Websites Shutting Down (Philadelphia Magazine)
The websites for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News will shut down in December, leaving as the sole website distributing the journalism of the two papers. Poynter / MediaWire According to a memo, the two sites, which feature content from Inquirer and Daily News, will be “folded into” one site, The decision marks an end of an experiment began in April 2013, when both newspapers unveiled the subscription-based sites.

Time’s Michael Crowley to Politico (FishbowlDC)
Politico editor Susan Glasser Thursday announced that Time’s Michael Crowley will join the Rosslyn-based political outlet as a senior foreign affairs correspondent. Crowley currently serves as a chief foreign affairs writer for Time. At Politico, he’ll focus on the Obama administration’s foreign policy and Washington’s reach internationally. Prior to joining Time, Crowley wrote for The New Republic. He’s also written for New York magazine, GQ and Slate.

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CNN Ranked Leading News Brand in Asia, Latin America (TVNewser)
CNN has been ranked the world’s leading news brand in the Asia and Latin American markets. The Ipsos survey found CNN reached 40 percent of upscale consumers and decision-makers. BBC came in second.

Matthew Schnipper Joins GQ (FishbowlNY)
GQ has added Matthew Schnipper as a senior editor. He comes to the magazine from The Verge, where he served as deputy managing editor since March. Previously, Schnipper had served as editor-in-chief of The Fader.

BSkyB Grows TV Subscribers, Earnings in Latest Quarter (THR)
U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB on Thursday reported higher adjusted fiscal first-quarter operating profits, which rose 11 percent over the year-ago period. TV subscriber growth accelerated despite increasing competition from telecom giant BT.

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BBC Launches WhatsApp Service in West Africa to Combat Ebola Misinformation (Mashable)
The BBC’s World Service has launched a public information service via popular messaging app WhatsApp in an attempt to provide people in West Africa — who are in the midst of the worst Ebola outbreak in history — with accurate public health information. The BBC currently counts around 20 million consumers of its content in West Africa, making it one of the biggest news agencies in the region.

KC Estenson Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
KC Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN Digital, is leaving the company as the network finalizes a workforce reduction of 300 employees. Atlanta-based Estenson joined CNN in 2008, overseeing all aspects of CNN Digital’s business. More recently he was running the business side as editorial was re-assigned to New York-based CNN SVP Andrew Morse. Mashable On Wednesday, Susan Grant, executive vice president of news services at the company, was let go. This week, CNN also eliminated the New York staff of Christiane Amanpour, the network’s London-based chief international correspondent.

Analysts Cut Netflix Stock Price Targets After Earnings Report (THR)
Wall Street analysts on Thursday lowered their price targets on Netflix’s stock after the streaming video giant’s third-quarter earnings report that included some disappointments, while news that HBO would launch a stand-alone online service next year didn’t play a big role in their reports.

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